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The '''Linnean Society of New South Wales''' promotes ''the Cultivation and Study of the Science of Natural History in all its Branches'' and was founded in Sydney, New South Wales (Australia) in 1874 and incorporated in 1884. It succeeded the ''Entomological Society of New South Wales'', founded in 1862 and folded in 1872, with James Charles Cox as its first president. The first issue of ''Proceedings'' was in 1875. The establishment of the Society was largely due to the dedication and financial support of its first President, William John Macleay|Sir William Macleay. Another important member in the society's early history was Joseph James Fletcher who was director and librarian (this title was afterwards changed to secretary) from 1885 and edited 33 volumes of the ''Proceedings'' of the society. In September 1882, a fire...
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